Dear Carrollton Community:
Throughout the summer break, Carrollton has been a beehive of activity. The Barat campus is in full swing as in addition to hosting the Honey Shine and Breakthrough Summer Programs, we have witnessed a breakneck speed of construction on the Convocation Center. The Duchesne Campus has hosted a variety of summer camps and programs, as well as the beginning of the construction of an outdoor classroom area. Upon your return from vacation, you will see transformation on both campuses. I would like to share with you some of what has taken place, and what needed to happen to get to this point.
On the Barat campus, in order to give access for the tie-in and new roof of the Barry Building and the Convocation Center, traffic on the north side of the Barry Building was blocked off. The drive up to El Jardin was made into a 2-way road. We are proud to say that Carrollton staffers, delivery services and our Summer Program guests adapted beautifully. That said, you can look forward to the regular traffic pattern when you arrive back.
North side of Barry Building
Truck exiting on 2-way road
The outside walls of the Convocation Center have been painted which help to visualize its interior completion. FPL is installing new underground feeds, and the infrastructure for the AV and lighting is in place. The new campus exit has been built as well as the rock wall on which Carrollton’s new sign on Main Highway will be placed.
Entrance to Convocation Center
The building contractor and crew are working hard and on pace with the expected timeline. I am reassured that our completion date remains on target.
On other parts of the campus, activity is proceeding just as diligently. In addition to the new roof, on the interior of the Barry Building, the electrical, air conditioning and sprinkler systems are all being retro-fitted as part of the comprehensive interconnection with the Convocation Center.
The Technology office is being redesigned to create a collaborative space where technological support is more readily accessible for faculty members and students to work together on tech assisted projects. A 21st century educational environment should facilitate the ability and creativity of the participants. Technology is not just a place to fix your equipment. At Carrollton, technology is also a place to explore boundaries.
Barry Building Hallways
Technology Office remodeling
On the restoration front, both historic fountains in El Jardin are being refurbished and repaired with painstaking care by the artisans of International Fine Arts Conservation Studios (IFACS). While they are in residence, IFACS is also restoring the frieze underneath the eaves surrounding the building, and working other assorted restoration upkeep. Our own Maintenance team has undertaken the repair and restoration of the Gatehouse windows. Lastly, the beautiful athletic field has been re-sodded and irrigation added to provide our students with an optimum surface for sports.
The most exciting project in Duchesne Campus is the upcoming new outdoor classroom for the Montessori and Primary facilitated through the generous donation of two Sacred Heart families. Nestled within the boundaries of the Montessori playground and the Duchesne oak tree, its development required the relocation of the maintenance sheds by the 1916 original round stone tower. This area will be for discovery and learning through the use of the space and the apparatus that is being installed. Surrounded by natural plants and trees that will include butterfly sanctuaries are areas for building, music, art, a stage, climbing, water and sand, all with a plethora of things with which to learn and develop powers of observation, creativity, wonder and self-reliance.
Carrollton this summer has continued to grow and develop. We have played, prayed, read, relaxed, and re-created. I encourage you to do the same as you enjoy these days of summer!